For an immersion into the soul of ancient Florida, plan a paddling trip down Fisheating Creek. This wild and scenic waterway wends its way south through a puzzle of dense cypresses from of Lake Placid towards Lake Okeechobee, but one section – Cowbone Marsh – is too thick with plant life to allow passage. You can access the creek near Lake Okeechobee to paddle upstream. Several land-based trails let hikers explore this amazing landscape as well.
Trails and Parks near Fisheating Creek
- Fort Center - Explore Fort Center, a pre-Colombian village lost in Florida’s past – and uncovered again by archaeologists – by following this trail in Fisheating Creek WMA.
- Gatorama - Started in 1957 as a roadside attraction to show tourists one of the two Florida experiences they wanted - alligators! - Gatorama still has that funky Old Florida feel.
- Harney Pond Canal Recreation Area - Where’s the best view of Lake Okeechobee? It’s hidden in plain sight in the town of Lakeport, in a park that’s alternately known as the Harney Pond Canal Recreation Area and Margaret Van De Velde Park.
- Knobby Knee Trail - The Knobby Knee Trail treats you to a sampling of wild and scenic Fisheating Creek and its beautiful cypresses along a 1.7-mile loop trail in Fisheating Creek WMA
- Hiking to Happahatchee (12/5/2011) - Under the dense canopy of live oaks and tropical vegetation, we walked a well-worn path. Hapahatchee, the “Happy Place by the River,” had more than its usual share of visitors on Saturday, people from creative and environmental walks of life throughout Florida gathering in celebration and memorial of a life well lived, a Floridian who […]
- In search of Florida’s ancient past (11/20/2009) - Archaeological treasures unburied: over the past two months, I’ve had the good fortune to be working on a project that’s kept me busy moving about Glades County, learning about the unique archaeological finds near Lake Okeechobee. I was aware of the significance of Nicodemus Slough since my first Big O Hike, thanks to doing research […]
- Fisheating Creek: for hikers (1/8/2009) - Down in Glades County, in the wilds of South Central Florida, Fisheating Creek has always been a favorite for paddlers. It’s Florida as it once was (and still is here), winding through ancient cypress as it flows from the end of the Lake Wales Ridge to Lake Okeechobee. Thanks to the Florida Fish & Wildlife […]
- Ellen Peterson: Conservationist of the Year (6/22/2008) - It’s a delight to learn that long-time Estero resident Ellen Peterson has been named Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation. Ellen has been a strong supporter of conservation in Southwest Florida since the 1960s, taking on serious and successful efforts to protect Lovers Key, Estero Bay, and Pine Island Sound from rampant […]